Fountains Abbey

This post is inspired by my 2016 railway poster calendar. The photo for June is of Fountains Abbey.

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This image was produced by Graham Petrie for the London and North Eastern Railway and was in use from 1923 – 47.

It is of course a lovely image.

I visited Fountains Abbey and the surrounding Studley Royal area of Yorkshire back in 1998. This would have been one of the last holidays before I went digital for photography. We didn’t make the ruins look anything like so romantic.

image004Some old cloisters, though, I thought lovely.

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But I think I was most pleased to come across a pair of whooper swansimage007For those who think, ‘these are just swans’ let me assert they certainly are not. They are bigger (I think) than the normal mute swan we see and have distinctive yellow and black beaks and those very dark legs. They are magnificent beasts.

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